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What is “error 53” on my iPhone all about?

What is “error 53” on my iPhone all about?

Today Apple has confirmed that there is, indeed, a trackable reason why some unique users are receiving an "error 53" on their iPhones. It is, apparently, people who have gone out and gotten their devices repaired by non-certified Apple technicians or have DIY'ed their device repairs at home. Not just any repairs, mind you - repairs to their home button. In this home button, a button with Touch ID, is a failsafe that can brick your whole device (or at least disable it) upon software discovery.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Right around 50 minutes into the 2-hour Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, we see a tiny character by the name of Maz Kanata. She's a mostly-CGI character voiced and acted by Lupita Nyong'o, and she's more than a little important to the overarching Anakin saga that flows through the Star Wars film universe. The following is a glimpse at what Maz has been up to for the past several hundred years, what she's done with regard to Han Solo, and what she's got in her secret curio box. Therefore, if you've not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we recommend you proceed with caution!

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The first thing to do with your iPhone 6s

The first thing to do with your iPhone 6s

Those of you that've just received a brand-spanking-new iPhone 6s for the holidays - or an iPhone 6s Plus, just the same - you're going to want to check out one feature before any other. That feature is Live Photos. While you can use the Live Photos feature with your iPhone without any assistance of any other app, we've got a couple of directions to point you in on that front here as well. To begin, launch your camera app.

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USB-C Android connection options: here’s the future

USB-C Android connection options: here’s the future

This week we're having a look at some devices and technologies that you may well be using for the first time. If not because you got a brand new smartphone for the holidays, then because you're at your Grandparents' house fiddling with the gear you don't often pay as close attention to otherwise. What we're having a peek at today is using a USB-C cord with your Android device. Specifically, what we're looking at, is what happens when you connect one Android device with USB-C to another (that also uses USB-C.)

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How do I use Facebook Live Video?

How do I use Facebook Live Video?

Once the preserve of celebrities, Facebook Live Video is now opening up to everyone on the social network. Whether or not you think it's a Periscope clone, there's no denying that - if you're already a keen Facebook user - there's a lot to be said for the convenience of embedding a video stream right into your profile for friends, family, and (if you want them to) the public to watch.

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Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.

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What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

Don't bother going out and buying a several thousand-dollar Steam Machine, Valve says you already have one at home. Requirements for installing SteamOS on the computer you already have are relatively low - just so long as you've been upgrading over the past couple of years. Installing and customizing SteamOS will require that your computer be wiped out - but once you do that, you'll be ready to roll. In other words: the Steam Machine you have at home isn't going to be your main desktop - it'll need to be a machine you don't use that often.

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Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Today we're going to talk about how the next version of Android will have app-makers asking for your permission to access your phone or tablet's features. This might seem scary at first if you have no idea what "permissions" are in the first place - but have no worry! In fact this update to Android makes it easier for users like yourself to understand what app is requesting access to which part of your device.

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is to streaming music what the iPhone was to smartphones - or at least that's what Apple would like you to believe. When introducing this service this week, former head of Beats, now Apple man Jimmy Iovine referenced the original Steve Jobs keynote reveal of the iPhone, here suggesting, "Apple Music is three things, a revolutionary music service... the first ever live, 24-hour, worldwide radio station... [and] Connect, a fantastic way for new and even unsigned artists to connect directly with music lovers anywhere."

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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